Domain Controller Password reset

Administrator's account has got locked in a domain controller. Please suggest solution for resetting the password.

Can I reset the password with the Bootabale pen drive and reset the password?

Are there any other methods to reset the password. We are working on a critical project and the domain controller is locked. Any single piece of data loss would cause a huge loss. Please help. Its urgent and Important.
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venkatspbSenior Software EngineerAsked:
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serchlopCommented:
This is really difficult to reset password for an administrator in domain controller.

Let me know if administrator account was locked because of a GPO setting, if the locked is permanent or it's temporary.

There are a lot of tool to reset passwords local, but in domain it's not easy.

Maybe the nest page can help you. But you need to have the password for Directory Service Restore Mode.

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Vinchenzo-the-SecondCommented:
Log o with a domain admin account and unlock it.  The built in admin account will unlock, time depends on ur
 policy.
larry urbanDevOps EngineerCommented:
If yo have another admin account (which is always a good idea to have!) log in with that account and unlock the admins account. You can also do this from another DC if you have another in the domain.
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PanicXCommented:
If the console is logged in as this administrator and locked, you can unlock the server by rebooting it.
If you've tried to access the administrators account with the wrong password too many times, then by default you'll have to wait about 15mins before trying again. (This setting can be changed)
If you want to reset the administrators password, you have to log onto the server with another administrator account and reset the password in AD.
If you dont have domain admin access and want to reset the administrators password, you cannot.  A reinstall is required to change the password.  At this point you may want to boot the server off a pen drive or other media to copy off important data before reinstalling.
venkatspbSenior Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Can I login to ADC and reset the user password? Is it possible..?
PanicXCommented:
What you want to do is not possible, unless you have a second working Domain Administrator account to login to.
venkatspbSenior Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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